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Photography by Keelan O'Hehir.

Based in North Melbourne, Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS) is a unique not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the creation of electronic sound and music, and founded by Robin Fox and Byron J Scullin. The heart of MESS is the MESS Studio, a fully functioning public-access sound production workshop representing one of the most unique, eclectic and historically significant collections of electronic instruments in the world. The ever-growing MESS Collection is made available to creatives and the broader public to learn, play, and record with hundreds of electronic instruments at your fingertips.

Working from within the studio is MESS School, a place for people to engage with the history, technique and artistry of electronic sound and music creation presented in a format that is flexible, affordable and artist driven. Work created at the studio and school is supported by MESS Show to promote unique performance events and recording releases reflecting the diversity of sound created at MESS alongside historical releases from the vault of Australian electronic music. Finally, MESS Schematic maintains the instruments in the MESS Studio collection and acts as a repository of knowledge.

MESS is an independent, inclusive and culturally broad organisation, reflecting the history of the field, supporting those currently involved in creation, as well as ensuring and encouraging its vibrancy, diversity and legacy into the future. MESS works to create an environment based on encouraging physical interaction between artists and instruments. It is a place where coincidence, chance and curiosity allow and encourage people to interact with each other and with the collection.

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1 Market Street, Newport,
Victoria 3015, Australia

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Wed–Sat 12–6pm

We acknowledge and recognise the Ancestors, Elders and families of the Yalukit-willam of the Kulin Nation, who are the traditional custodians of the land that The Substation is on. We extend our respects to their ancestors and elders past, present and emerging, and to all First Nations people.

We are committed to continually improving our services to ensure our events can be enjoyed by all. If you have specific access requirements (including seating arrangements for events) please get in touch.

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